because this news came to us two days before Pierson's first b-day. I didn't want to bring the festivities down too much, if I could help it. But Mark is getting laid off. When he first told me, I cried. I was mad. I felt helpless. I was worried. But after sleeping on it, I know there's nothing I can do about it and whatever happens is gonna happen. We'll deal with it one day at a time. At least they still have 2 more months of work and there's still the possibility that not all 1500 will get booted. When the company gives word of a mass layoff they have to give a #. They can't lay off more than that #, but it could be less. Mark is in the top 500 of the 1500--I guess he still could squeak by. But that is yet to be determined and we aren't counting on it! Good thing is that he DOES have his CDL's. If push comes to shove, he COULD go on the road driving, but I sure as HELL wouldn't like it!
Thanks to my friend Alicia for having a nice chat with me the night I found out! She really helped lift me up a little! I've also already got a friend whose gonna let me borrow some clothing for Harrison (since he's the only one who will need clothing this year!) Mark's highschool friend is talking to an uncle about getting Mark some work. And there is a rumor of a drywall manufacturer in the area that pays $18/hour--they are supposedly hiring. We're planning on planting a BIG garden this year (pray for rain!) and we do have chickens that are producing eggs. I don't think we're gonna starve! LOL!
Mark has to stay at Freightliner until the layoff or he looses his call-back rights and everything! So, he won't really start seriously looking for something for another month probably.
Now, onto happier things!
WEll, I think they are happier! Pierson turned a year old! (I'm not real happy about it!) He's such a little stinker!